59 days in South America Itinerary

59 days in South America Itinerary

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59 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  6​h
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Valparaiso (Walking tours & La Sebastiana) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Concha y Toro, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Take a break from Puerto Ayora with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

Planning Puerto Ayora trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Santiago to Puerto Ayora in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, head off the coast to Isabela Island, stroll through El Faro, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, kick back and relax at La Loberia, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Tijeretas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip tool .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

5
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel route site .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cusco with the Route module. While traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

7
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Conceicao Beach, head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, and explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha in 22.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

6
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, and contemplate the long history of Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, Foz do Iguacu is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat

7
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in March, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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